UK hits installations, aircraft operators with £270k in fines for EU ETS non-compliance

Published 18:53 on July 15, 2015  /  Last updated at 11:58 on November 24, 2015  /  EMEA, EU ETS  /  No Comments

The UK government has fined a number of installations and aircraft operators a total £270,000 for various violations related to the EU ETS made over the past few years.

The UK government has fined a number of installations and aircraft operators a total £270,000 for various violations related to the EU ETS made over the past few years.

The largest penalty by far, nearly £158,000, was imposed on Sarval Limited for failing to surrender enough emissions allowances for 2012, the government said in a notice on its website dated June 12.

Sarval operates a rendering plant in Nuneaton, Warwickshire that processes raw animal by-products from abattoirs, meat processing plants and butchers’ shops.

Five aircraft operators including India-based Air India were fined a total £95,500 also for failing to hand in carbon units against their 2012 emissions.

Missing from that list was India’s Jet Airways, which lost its appeal over non-compliance charges earlier this year.  A spokeswoman for the UK Environment Agency told Carbon Pulse in April that Jet had been due to receive a penalty notice.

Under EU rules, failing to hand in enough emissions units to cover the previous year’s CO2 output can result in fines of €100 per tonne plus the cost of buying the required number of allowances at market.

A handful of stationary installations in the UK were also fined smaller amounts for minor infractions.

Below is a list of the offending installations/operators, the fines imposed and the reasons listed by the UK government.

INSTALLATION FINE (£) REASON
Sarval Ltd 157,857 Didn’t surrender enough allowances for 2012
SSE Hornsea Ltd 3,000 Didn’t submit verified emissions report for 2013
Ibstock Brick Ltd 1,500 Didn’t monitor annual reportable emissions
Enviroenergy Ltd 1,500 Didn’t submit improvement report by June 2013
Enviroenergy Ltd 1,500 Didn’t submit improvement report by June 2014
North Kent Roadstone Ltd 1,500 Didn’t submit verified emissions report for 2013
Aggregate Industries UK Ltd: Purfleet 1,500 Didn’t submit verified emissions report for 2013
Aggregate Industries UK Ltd: Bardon Hill 1,500 Didn’t submit verified emissions report for 2013
Aggregate Industries UK Ltd: West Drayton 1,500 Didn’t submit verified emissions report for 2013
Aggregate Industries UK Ltd: Crawley 1,000 Didn’t submit verified emissions report for 2013
Aggregate Industries UK Ltd: Melbur Asphalt 1,000 Didn’t submit verified emissions report for 2013
Aggregate Industries UK Ltd: Greenwich 1,000 Didn’t submit verified emissions report for 2013
TOTAL INSTALLATIONS 174,357
AIRCRAFT OPERATOR FINE (£) REASON
Air India 12,377 Didn’t surrender enough allowances for 2012
Loid Global Ltd 42,218 Didn’t surrender enough allowances for 2012
Media Consulting Services LLC 21,787 Didn’t surrender enough allowances for 2012
Oranto Petroleum 9,325 Didn’t surrender enough allowances for 2012
Primevalue Trading Ltd 9,749 Didn’t surrender enough allowances for 2012
TOTAL AVIATION 95,457
TOTAL 269,814

 

By Mike Szabo – mike@carbon-pulse.com

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